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3:50 PM ET, April 20, 2012

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Steve Myers / Poynter:
Departure of Disney exec sparks Twitter spat over crediting scoops  —  Reuters' Peter Lauria complained today that his company wasn't credited with breaking news that Rich Ross was stepping down as head of The Disney Co.'s movie studio.  Do seconds divide the best and the rest?
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Gregory Korte / USA Today:
Misinformation campaign targets USA TODAY reporter, editor  —  WASHINGTON - A USA TODAY reporter and editor investigating Pentagon propaganda contractors have themselves been subjected to a propaganda campaign of sorts, waged on the Internet through a series of bogus websites.  —  Sponsored Links
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Erik Wemple:
USA Today alleges harassment scheme  —  USA Today Washington Enterprise Editor Ray Locker says that the worst thing they said about him was that he “was in bed with the Taliban.”  —  Who would say that about Locker?  He doesn't know.  But what he does know is a timeline …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Nick Denton wants to turn the online media world on its head  —  Over the past couple of months, Gawker Media founder Nick Denton has made it clear that he doesn't like blog comments very much, and that includes the ones on his own sites such as Gizmodo and Jezebel.
Steven Rosenbaum / Fast Company:
Content Curators Are The New Superheros Of The Web  —  Yesterday, the ever-churning machine that is the Internet pumped out more unfiltered digital data.  —  Yesterday, 250 million photos were uploaded to Facebook, 864,000 hours of video were uploaded to YouTube, and 294 BILLION emails were sent.
Justin Elliott / ProPublica:
Meet the Media Companies Lobbying Against Transparency  —  News organizations cultivate a reputation for demanding transparency, whether by suing for access to government documents, dispatching camera crews to the doorsteps of recalcitrant politicians, or editorializing in favor of open government.
Discussion: @romenesko and @davidfolkenflik
Business Week:
The DOJ's Publishing Lawsuit May Doom Digital Rights Management  —  In the days following the announcement of the U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit against publishers accused of colluding with Apple (AAPL) to raise e-book prices, much of the U.S. publishing industry decamped to the U.K. for the annual London Book Fair.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Hulu Announces Four More Original Series, Bringing Total Lineup To Seven  —  Hulu has been having a busy week.  On Tuesday, the company announced a new deal for advertisers, which now charges them only for ad completions, and today at Hulu's upfronts, the company announced the arrival of even more original shows.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Boston Globe raises prices on 7-day delivery, but protects Sunday circulation  —  The Boston Globe raised prices on seven-day subscriptions but left Sunday-only subscriptions alone.  The latter, Jon Chesto reports, also include unlimited access to the Globe's digital edition and costs only slightly more …
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Katherine Fung / The Huffington Post:
New York Times Staffers Protest Contract Negotiations, Pensions (VIDEO)
Discussion: Capital New York
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Business troubles show signs of deepening despite strong 1st quarter at New York Times Company
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Phone hacking: News International faces nearly 50 new claims  —  Civil claimants now include Sir John Major's former daughter-in-law, Lord Blencathra and former union leader Andy Gilchrist  —  The number of new civil claims for damages over alleged News of the World phone hacking faced …
Rachel Swan / East Bay Express:
The San Francisco Examiner Closes in on Purchase of San Francisco Bay Guardian  —  The owners of the San Francisco Examiner are on the cusp of buying the San Francisco Bay Guardian.  Bay Guardian Executive Editor Tim Redmond told the Express this afternoon that he's “optimistic” the deal will be signed soon.
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
YouTube faces massive music royalty bill in German copyright case  —  Summary: YouTube could face a massive royalties bill after a court case went against the video-sharing site.  The ruling also ruled that YouTube alone is responsible for its users' submissions.
Jim Romenesko:
The story behind ‘one of the best op-ed pieces ever’ … Keith Devlin asked after reading Rex Huppke's Facts, 360 B.C. - A.D. 2012.  —  “'Tis,” responded one of his followers.  —  The Chicago Tribune piece went viral late Thursday, and Huppke's emailbox quickly filled with reactions to it …
 
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Michelle Quinn / Politico:
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Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
The US and global partners dismantle the 911 S5 proxy botnet, “likely the world's largest botnet ever” affecting 19M+ IPs, and arrest its alleged administrator

Mia Sato / The Verge:
Google confirms the authenticity of the 2,500 pages of leaked Search documents filled with details about data the company collects

Matt Binder / Mashable:
Ticketmaster appears to have been breached by hacker group ShinyHunters, which claims it stole 560M customers' sensitive data and is trying to sell it for $500K

 
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